Depending on who you ask, the predominant theories in how the upcoming Floyd Mayweather/Conor McGregor pugilistic extravaganza will go include McGregor moving in a fashion that confuses Mayweather (because McGregor doesn’t come from a boxing background) and McGregor being so unskilled at boxing that he won’t even come close to touching the boxing superstar.
Regardless of what theory you ascribe to, the bottom line is speculation breeds curiosity, and curiosity breeds pay-per-view buys.
So. To fuel those fires of speculation, Mayweather and McGregor said they want to fight using eight-ounce gloves instead of the standard ten-ounce gloves (note: MMA gloves are four ounces). And the Nevada State Athletic Commission has agreed.
As per MMAFighting:
The Nevada Athletic Commission (NAC) approved Wednesday a “one-time” waiver to allow Mayweather and McGregor to wear lighter gloves than boxing rules dictate for their Aug. 26 fight in Las Vegas.
The motion passed unanimously to let the matchup be contested with 8-ounce gloves, rather than 10-ounce ones that the regulations state.
The glove size argument started two weeks ago on Instagram when Mayweather posted that he wanted to give McGregor an advantage in the fight by reducing the glove size. McGregor, the UFC lightweight champion, wears 4-ounce gloves for MMA. McGregor responded that he didn’t really care either way what the size gloves were.
Both Mayweather and McGregor had representatives go before the commission Wednesday and explain why their respective fighters wanted 8-ounce gloves instead of 10-ouncers. Both reps said neither fighter was concerned that it would be a risk.